The accused, who resides at No.31, Lawanson St., Idimu in Lagos State, is standing trial on a two-count charge of stealing and obtaining by false pretences.
He was alleged to have collected the money to procure admission into a foreign university for the two children of one Mrs Omolade Olasogba.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Jimah Iseghede, told the court that the accused committed the offences between June 21 and Sept.12,2014 at the complainant’s residence in Idimu area, a suburb of Lagos.
Iseghede said that a friend of Olasogba had introduced the accused to her.
He told the court that the friend had informed the woman that the accused could facilitate admission for her children into David Tvildiani Medical University, Georgia, United States.
“The complainant, Olasogba, concluded the transaction with the accused and paid N3.44 million into the bank account of the accused.
“The accused also collected all the documents from the complainant.
“He, however, absconded with the money and the documents while he was issuing threats whenever he was contacted on the cell phone”, Iseghede said.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 285 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 312(3) stipulates 15 years imprisonment for any person convicted of obtaining money under false pretence.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.F. Adeeye, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N350,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case to April 21 for hearing. (NAN)